Tuesday, June 10, 2014

# 61 In Our Own Backyard..

It seems there are many scenic byways, points of interest and a variety of outdoor activities in the Wytheville area..and all of this is here in our own backyard.  We have only scratched the surface of everything there is to do and explore in this beautiful part of the country.  We plan to be here for a month visiting family but with all there is to do..we could stay longer.

One day we took a drive to the New River Trail..specifically the Foster Falls area.  We also discovered a very nice bike trail there.
We found some interesting exhibits at Foster Falls Park.  This was a large furnace used by the iron foundry, built in 1880-1881.
Ronnie and I were amazed at it's size.
If you look closely, you can see the foundry's furnace behind the building seen in the foreground.
We also visited the Shot Tower Historic State Park in Austinville.  I didn't take any photos that day but it was an interesting place, full of history and beautiful scenery.

 We have discovered a couple of interesting wineries very close to us too. 
Rural Retreat Winery & Dye's Vineyards
We didn't want dinner after this cheese platter!

We have enjoyed the West End Farm Winery as well.  It is located about 4 miles from Fort Chiswell RV Park.
The swing was an excellent addition to our glass of wine.
We found this winery to be a serene and peaceful place.

The weather and outdoor temperatures have been very pleasant so far.  We've got a hand full of brochures describing places to explore and things to see.  What to do next?   We are enjoying our visits with family and also having a great time motoring about these rolling hills and mountain vistas.


  1. Sounds like it can't get much more perfect than that :)

  2. I never pass up a swing when I see one.

  3. Pics are great, so glad you are out and about. We are in Post Falls, Idaho right now about 10 miles from Coeur d'Alene where we will be doing a lot of sightseeing. We will be here for two weeks including the 4th of July. The park is ok, We don't have a pull thru, it is what I call a drive along. We are on one side of a very wide street and all hookups are at the curb, what a hoot. I got it at the last minute so I consider myself lucky. Will keep in touch

  4. So glad to hear you are enjoying your time with family and sightseeing. We just got home yesterday after being in Boone and enjoying the cooler temperatures. We sure miss seeing you and Ronnie at Page Place but enjoy hearing about your adventures!